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He Is Legend to Crowdfund New Album, Here’s My Wallet

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It’s said that NBA great Kobe Bryant has used his body more than other players at the same age. Thanks to 15 post-seasons, he’s played more games than his peers, roughly three regular seasons’ worth of the most intense level of play. And on non-playoff teams, his daily load is greater than even a great player’s; at these times he’s the only focus of an opponent’s defense, so he basically runs a mile on each possession to get up a tough shot.

Bryant might remind you of the awesome band called He Is Legend, whose brilliant two-phase/four-album career has demanded an amount of energy and will that would sustain another band for a century. The stars align for some artists, breaks seem to pursue them. Not He Is Legend, though it’s tough to be certain that they’d regard good fortune without acute suspicion anyhow. That’s kinda how they are.

But now, well-wishers have a chance to ram good fortune into the life of one of heavy music’s proudest bands: He Is Legend announced Monday a crowdfunding campaign for their most welcome fifth album (release date TBD). Their cash target is mid-five-digits and promises a pro record with a bit of outside help and classy presentation — no launching of a label or tour, no bedroom recording or label schedules. The big-spender packages are sweet, natch, like an invite to a private album event in North Carolina, access to sidestage and afterparty, and your HIL superjam performed at soundcheck. OMG for that last one do I get a mic?

The dream for lovers of HIL is a mega-successful campaign à la Protest The Hero — via the symbolism of which great deals for the album’s distro will follow, via the windfall of which a new dawn of infinite certainy will break for a band anchored by two reluctant geniuses. In the campaign’s first five hours, nearly 20% of the goal was fulfilled. That’s a start! To pay sooner than later for your copy and merch, click here.

He Is Legend’s Heavy Fruit is one of last year’s best albums. Get it here and here

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